The Malta Independent 18 September 2019, Wednesday

Innovation in financial services under the FinanceMalta 12th Annual Conference spotlight

Wednesday, 5 June 2019, 15:03 Last update: about 4 months ago

Innovation in the financial services industry is one of the key topics that will be discussed by industry professionals at this year's FinanceMalta 12th Annual Conference. The conference will be held 6 June at the Hilton Conference Centre, with an evening networking reception taking place on the eve of the event.

The two-day event will provide delegates with networking opportunities, insights into the market, and updates on developments within the financial services sector, both on a local and international level.

Titled Malta: A Platform for Innovation, the conference will include sessions on the innovation that is driving this sector forward, such as Fintech and AI, and will also touch upon important issues that arose due to this innovation, such as cybercrime.

Commenting about the annual conference, FinanceMalta Chairman Kenneth Farrugia said: "During this year's conference we will be discussing the challenges and opportunities that the domestic and global financial services sector is going through in view of the ongoing technological advancements and innovation. The conference is timely and relevant at a time when AI and Blockchain technologies are starting to transform, if not disrupt, payment systems, core banking activities, portfolio and asset management and the insurance industry. FinTech and RegTech are becoming buzzwords."

The event will include case studies focusing on setting up a business in Malta and what it entails for a foreign national, thus giving further insight into people's experiences with financial services in Malta. The finance and business conference will feature select local and international experts who will address delegates on contemporary and current topics affecting the financial services industry.

The conference will be chaired by Ms Federica Taccogna  from FTI Consulting and will see an interesting line-up of local and foreign industry professionals including the CEO of the MFSA Joseph Cuschieri, the President of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners Wayne Pisani, the Senior Content Editor of the Financial Times Live Michael Imerson, the Chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange Joseph Portelli, the advisor to the OECD in Mauritius Loretta Joseph, the Chief Officer Strategy, Policy and Fintech at MFSA Christopher Buttigieg, PwC Partner Forensic Services & Financial Crime Leader, Switzerland Gianfranco Mautone, and the Chairman of the Malta Bankers' Association Marcel Cassar, among others.

The Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Joseph Muscat will deliver a keynote address, while the Minister for Finance Prof. Edward Scicluna and Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, will be addressing the conference on the fight against money laundering, and 'Innovation Vision 2021' document, respectively.

The FinanceMalta Annual Conference, which is in its 12th edition, grows in numbers and prestige year after year and is a highlight in the business conference calendar for Malta.

The event is being sponsored by: Reyl & Cie (Malta) Ltd - Diamond Sponsor; Vacancy Centre - Platinum Sponsor; Apex Fund Services (Malta) Limited, Dolfin, Francis J. Vassallo & Associates Ltd., Malta Stock Exchange, Profile Software, Sparkasse Bank Malta plc, Systemic, Western Union Business Solutions - Gold Sponsors, among others.


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